Musician is star guest at fundraising art show
NEW Order drummer Stephen Morris was the star guest at an exhibition organised to help fund an ambitious town centre arts project.
The Sound (Track) exhibition, at Charles Roe House, is a collection of work by professional photographers and students from Macclesfield College to celebrate musical heritage in the North West.
It’s been organised to raise money towards a £1.85m project run by Incubation Arts, which will see Charles Roe House turned into an arts hub with a permanent exhibition for his former band Joy Division.
Stephen, who is backing the project, was guest of honour at the opening event where he encouraged people to support the project.
He said: “It was really exciting to be involved in the opening of Sound (Track). The show is a fantastic opportunity to see the great selection of work from contemporary artists and photographers showcasing the local art and music scene. It is great to see the enthusiasm and hard work that the students from Macclesfield College have put in.
“They and Incubation Arts need support.”
The exhibition includes work by professional photographers Nigel Maitland, Anthony Mulryan, Martin O’Neill and illustrator Nick Oldham.
As part of the opening event Stephen met with students and was quizzed by former Manchester Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam about some of his favourite tracks, choosing Sound and Vision by David Bowie as one of his ‘Desert Island Discs’.
Julie Hamer, director of Incubation Arts, said: “It has been a great fun experience working on Sound (Track) with Angela Devoti from Macclesfield College and the Art Design Team who have supported the amazing talented students and put a highly professional show together, its a credit to them. I would also like to thank Stephen Morris, Dave Haslam and Hot Vestry for making the event successful.”
Angela Devoti, course leader at Macclesfield College, said: “It has been a fantastic creative unity of artists coming together and something I would like to continue to support in the future with Incubation Arts. Charles Roe House is a significant Grade II* listed town house which has an incredible history. I am passionate about Incubation Arts’ plans for the building’s future and can see this becoming an arts hub to nurture our future creatives. I urge the resi- dents and companies of the town and surrounding areas to support Incubation Arts’ proposals.”
The exhibition will run until March 6 and is open from 10am to 4pm.
Contact email@example.com or visit incubationarts.org to help or donate.
See page 27 for more pictures from the launch
●» Stephen Morris (right) speaks to students at Incubation Arts about his musical influences with Dave Haslam